People/Events/Accounts: News About AstroWorld Festival, Freeform's Halloween House, Hudson River Park Gala, and More

INDUSTRY NEWS: Ecpat-U.S.A., an anti-child trafficking organization, has released “Stamping Out Exploitation in Travel,” a report that presents key findings from a study of 70 companies in the travel industry on their initiatives to fight human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Read the report here

ATLANTA: Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau has named Charlene Lopez director of citywide sales.

CHICAGO: Saving Tiny Hearts Society hosted its 14th annual Saving Tiny Hearts Gala on September 14 at the Fairmont Chicago. The event raised $300,000 for congenital heart disease research.

DENVER: Experiential marketing agency the Pineapple Firm has expanded its headquarters at 1195 South Lipan Street, and it also has increased the size of its creative team by 50 percent this year. 

HOUSTON: Travis Scott’s second annual AstroWorld Festival will take place November 9 at N.R.G. Park. 

LOS ANGELES: Freeform’s Halloween House will run October 2-7 at Hollywood Athletic Club. The pop-up will have interactive experiences inspired by Hocus Pocus and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center will host Night of the Haunted Carnival on October 25.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach has partnered with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Health System for 11th annual Bleau Goes Pink campaign, supporting National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout October, the hotel will offer room, dining, and spa promotions with a portion of proceeds benefiting breast cancer research. 

NEW YORK: The annual Hudson River Park Gala will take place October 17 at Cipriani South Street. The event will honor Michael R. Bloomberg, David Chang, and Lucy Liu. 

8Sia, an Asian street food market from the team behind Yaso restaurant group, has opened in Midtown. Vendors include Yaso Noodle Bar, Rice-On, and Curry42. The two-story, 2,400-square-foot space has a 35-seat dining area. 

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PHILADELPHIA: Esports infrastructure company Nerd Street Gamers has partnered with Comcast Spectator to debut Localhost, a dedicated public esports space, at Wells Fargo Center. The space will be open before, during, and after Wells Fargo Center events and will have a separate entrance. The space also will host competitive gaming events in conjunction with event theme nights and offer ticket packages for groups.

SAN FRANCISCO: Glide’s annual Holiday Jam: Dare to Love will take place November 14 at the Masonic. The event raises funds for Glide, which provides services to people of color, L.G.B.T.Q. people, those with low income, and others facing oppression. 

With contributions from Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, and Ian Zelaya in New York.

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